2022 sees the release of No Go Stop’s second album ‘Where We Are’. The Bristol powerhouse features musicians who have performed with the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Jazz Defenders, Dundundun, The Heavy, Sheelanagig, and Pete Josef. The album has been two years in the making and follows their well-received debut ‘Agbara Orin’, which garnered support from BBC6 Music, Songlines and set out their stool as a high energy 12 piece with a contemporary spin on the afrobeat sound.
They say: “In the bubble of your immediate environment… your house, your garden, your street; it feels like we’re probably safe from environmental destruction. Where we are is a reminder that however removed you feel from the climate crisis, our society has been created to make us feel that way and that progress is illustrated in owning more, building more, and making as much money as possible at the cost of the natural world and its resources. It’s time to change where we are.”
‘Where We Are’ captures the energetic live sound that earned the band support slots with Snarky Puppy and Ebo Taylor, as well as hosting Bristol’s tribute to Fela Kuti alongside Dele Sosimi and performing at countless festivals including Glastonbury, Greenman, Boomtown and Shambala.
Driving percussion, ancestral funk and heady improvisations remain at the heart of No Go Stop, but refined production at the hands of Nick Dover (Waldo’s Gift, Snazzback, Run Logan Run) alongside snappy arrangements and big choruses, marks an evolution in the band’s music. Marie Lister’s powerful vocal and lush harmonies reflect on mankind’s place in the world, our past, our future, our values, the challenges of societal living and the joy of human connection.
‘Where We Are’ is a hard-hitting collection of original tracks that speak to mind, body and soul and will be a winner on dancefloors around the globe.